Up Close and Underfoot, museum solo exhibit, opens in December

    Gail Priday, A Soft White Morning, acrylic on canvas, 2022

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Up Close and Underfoot opens Friday, Dec. 2nd at the Alaska State Museum.

    Up Close and Under Foot, a solo exhibition of paintings by Fairbanks artist Gail Priday, is set to open Friday, December 2nd, from 4:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at the Alaska State Museum.

    She will give a lecture about her work and painting process at 6:30 pm in the APK Lecture Hall.

    Priday finds inspiration from the natural world, specifically the boreal forest. Her solo exhibition includes 33 paintings that depict "ever-changing treasures up-close and underfoot."

    She came to Alaska from the East Coast more than a decade ago and was immediately drawn to the forest floor.

    "I knew I would love the mountains and expansive sky, but I did not expect to be so taken with the underbrush and fungus," Priday explains. "The easily overlooked features of the landscape hold great significance to me. They suggest an extraordinary and active world that exists quietly beside my own."

    In her paintings, she combines elements of realism and imagination to portray fungus, lichen, leaves, and other life in the understory of forests.

    Priday will lead a youth holiday printmaking workshop for ages 7 and up on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:00 am to noon. Space is limited and the museum encourages pre-registration.

    Up Close and Under Foot runs through February 2nd, 2023.

    Alison Bremner Naxshageit's solo show Midnight at the Fireworks Stand is also currently on exhibit at the State Museum. Bremner considers the way in which western contact shapes Indigenous communities, from potlaches to the poverty-to-prison pipeline.

    Priday and Bremner are two of the six artists selected for the Alaska State Museum 2020-2023 Solo Artist Exhibition Series, along with Ben Huff, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Jannah Sexton-Atkins, and Mitch Watley.

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